Designed in consultation with the leaders in Production Horticulture across Victoria, this course has been designed to give students the ability to understand the Industry, gather all the skills that make them an effective team member in the industry and for those who wish to pursue the major career in this modern innovative environment.
You will need to understand the environmental requirements for a large number of edible plants, understand the soil and nutrition requirements they require to grow to their full potential, water requirements and pest and disease identification and control, while also understand the operation and function of a large amount of equipment and machinery.
Bountiful career options ready for picking
Designed around the consultation with industry partners, Certificate III in Production Horticulture will give you the skills to start your career in a large scale production environment. Targeted at those interested in growing and cultivating plants ready for the wholesale or retail fruit and vegetable markets. Career pathways for Production Horticulture include:
- Farm production assistant
- Supervision of farm production
- Management of production farm
Melbourne Polytechnic – helping you lay down career roots
At Melbourne Polytechnic, you will have access to specialist facilities including state-of-the-art greenhouses, plant tissue culture laboratory, growing area to grow and trial a mixture of plant species to understand the true requirements for a mix of vegetables or fruits, and a well-resourced library. Our qualified and experienced teachers will guide you through your Certificate III in Production Horticulture including training and assessment requirements, tutor help as required and a large network of likeminded students that you will be able to assist you with practical experiences from the workplace.
Industry connections and resources
The Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria is the peak industry body for the state’s horticultural industry. You’ll have an opportunity to work with the organisation through events such as the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and at the monthly Trade Days.
Benefit from training in specialist propagation facilities, including exceptional greenhouses, expansive potting sheds, plant tissue culture laboratory, and a well-resourced library.
We also have a small retail nursery that will enable you to have first-hand experience in the trade.
You may gain employment in the wholesale nursery trade in the following roles:
- propagation, production and maintenance assistant
- Plant sales wholesale, retail and hire
- plant breeding assistant
- provision of advice on plant selection and marketing, and promotion of plant products and services
DepartmentHorticulture and Landscaping
This course is only available through an apprenticeship or traineeship.
Class Schedule: *
AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
Enrolled students will be given the dates for their Workplace training and assessment.
The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsAssessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. There is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competencies. Methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports
MaterialsA list of equipment and reference material that you will need to provide will be distributed at the start of the course. Reference material is also available for loan from the Melbourne Polytechnic library.
Entrance RequirementsTo be eligible as an apprentice in these courses, you must be employed in the Production Horticulture Industry and have a signed Training Agreement with the employer and Melbourne Polytechnic - ask the course coordinator for more information
Pathways to further studyThese qualifications can lead you to further study at Certificate IV level and/or into our AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture.
Career PathwaysGraduates of the apprenticeship may gain employment in Farm production assistant, Supervision of farm production, Management of production farm.
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCBER301||Work effectively in an emergency disease or plant pest response||50|
|AHCBER303||Carry out emergency disease or plant pest control procedures at infected premises||50|
|AHCBIO302||Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs||50|
|AHCIRG303||Measure irrigation delivery system performance||70|
|AHCIRG331||Install pressurised irrigation systems||70|
|AHCIRG333||Maintain pressurised irrigation systems||50|
|AHCMOM302||Perform machinery maintenance||50|
|AHCMOM304||Operate machinery and equipment||40|
|AHCMOM315||Operate chemical application machinery and equipment||90|
|AHCPHT303||Implement a post-harvest program||70|
|AHCPHT306||Establish horticultural crops||25|
|AHCWHS301||Contribute to work health and safety processes||50|
|FDFWGG3008A||OPERATE A MECHANICAL HARVESTER||40|
|FDFWGG3013A||Operate spreading and seeding equipment||20|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.